CoasterBuzz: 20 Years Buzzed, Of kings and clubs

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:04 AM | Contributed by Jeff

January 30, 2020, was the 20th anniversary of the launch of CoasterBuzz. To commemorate the day, we present CoasterBuzz: 20 Years Buzzed, a series of stories and articles about the last 20 years of the amusement industry as seen through CoasterBuzz. In this chapter, CoasterBuzz Club gets on its feet, but not everyone is excited about it.

Read more in CoasterBuzz: 20 Years Buzzed.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 12:19 PM

Another great article that's getting more into a time when I was on the site regularly, even if I didn't post very often. It's still unbelievable how a few people were so put off by the idea of you covering costs or, even worse to them, actually making money. One thing these articles have reminded me of is how many other sites were around that have gone away, including your games site. I toyed around with RCT and never really felt proficient enough to post anything on the exchange, but I always enjoyed seeing what other people, particularly Gonch (there was another guy that posted almost as often, but was whiny as hell), would post and get some ideas.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 1:41 PM

I've been here since April of 2001, but it wasn't until the game exchange and RCT2 that I really started using CoasterBuzz.

At its peak, I'd argue that we had some of the best RCT2 players/creators around as part of the games community. What we didn't do was venture outside of the CB exchange for the most part and I think didn't necessarily garner the recognition others did for their abilities.

I got rid of the pinball machine a while back. (anyone know who any of the other five winners were?)

And not to get too into the self-pleasure, I got a few prizes in the original RCT contests as well (and used the "Gonchar" name to boot!). I also apparently had no problem taking prizes from children half my age.

Man, that was so much fun. Then RCT3 sucked and killed it all.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Wednesday, February 12, 2020 1:49 PM
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 6:03 PM

Speak for yourself about BeastBuzz. Riding in Row 18 umpteen consecutive times, with seemingly broken ribs and all, was awesome for me! I remember the vast majority of the attendees crapping out after 1 or 2 rides. I wondered what was wrong with them. Little did I know the real question was what was wrong with me.

I still smile at the picture I took of the floral clock as we were leaving the park. I think it was something like 1:00 am. Dang that was a fun night.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 6:32 PM

Hey, remember when there was a DDR section of the Games forum? Good times.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:22 PM

Oh yeah, and that crazy group of kids that built their own arcade style DDR pads. Bet they are still in thier parents’ basement.

Saturday, February 15, 2020 12:22 PM

The DDR pads, or the kids?

Saturday, February 15, 2020 12:27 PM

Jeff you totally outed Lord Gonchar’s secret identity! I totally had a flash vision of the end of Spider-Man Far From Home...

Saturday, February 15, 2020 12:29 PM

Uh, we used his real name in every podcast episode.

Saturday, February 15, 2020 1:24 PM

ShaneDenmark said:

The DDR pads, or the kids?

Well... seeing that I bought my parents house and still have those pads, both.

Saturday, February 15, 2020 7:09 PM

Before he was a Lord, he was just...well...


This chapter in time represents the years just before I started to lurk around the respective Buzz sites. Sounds like that first event at Kings Island was really memorable. I remember riding Tomb Raider in its first year, and my then-girlfriend-now-wife and I literally had no idea what we were even walking into. At all.

And the time I spent playing RCT2; wish I would have been around earlier for that era of CBuzz.

Looking forward to chapter 4.

Saturday, February 15, 2020 8:12 PM

That you didn't know what Tomb Raider was is a real testament to the park, and Jeff Siebert's insistence that it was a "totally immersive dark ride experience." We knew in enthusiast circles, certainly, but I was super impressed with what they did.

The next chapter is my favorite... I'm really proud of that one.

Sunday, February 16, 2020 10:45 AM

Lord Gonchar said:

I got rid of the pinball machine a while back.

I was the one that bought the pinball from Gonch. Had it for a few years, and then sold it to Redman822. So, it's been circulating around CBuzzers for a while... :)



Last edited by EchoVictor, Sunday, February 16, 2020 10:45 AM
Sunday, February 16, 2020 11:45 AM

Yes, the pinball machine stayed within the enthusiast (and CoasterBuzz) community.

Had I not let it go, it would have been sitting in a spot where it would have received a decent amount of water damage from the tornado that came through last year. It was smart to leave when it did.

Sunday, February 16, 2020 2:51 PM

I'll buy it next, if you can get it to Orlando. 😁

Monday, February 17, 2020 4:39 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

It was smart to leave when it did.

Now if we could only get those damn DDR pads to get a job.


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